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Minimum wage should be 'frozen' to save jobs

With the national minimum wage marking its tenth anniversary this week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called for a freeze in any increase this year.

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New business regulations come into effect

The arrival of April marks one of the year’s two common commencement dates and, with it, a raft of changes to business rules and regulations.

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Major overhaul proposed for rules on parental leave

Radical changes to the regulations on maternity and paternity leave have been put forward that could see new fathers getting more paid time off work.

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Red tape costs Scottish companies an extra £600 million

The burden of complying with regulations for Scottish companies went up by £600 million in 2008, according to estimates by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

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Flexible working rights to be extended

As from 6 April, parents with children aged up to 16 will have the right to request flexible working, the government has confirmed.

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Small employers 'unaware' of extra holidays for staff

A large number of small firms appear to be unaware that the statutory minimum holiday entitlement is to rise for employees.

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EU discussions begin on UK working time opt-out

Talks have started in Brussels on whether the UK is to retain its opt-out from the EU’s Working Time Directive.

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Recession to rule out compulsory equal pay reviews

The government is to be advised not to push ahead with the planned introduction of compulsory equal pay reviews in the forthcoming Equalities Bill.

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New code of practice for workplace discipline agreed

The draft code of practice from Acas on the new rules governing discipline and grievance procedures at work has been approved by Parliament.

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Small firms to get support on regulation compliance

The government has announced that it is to set up a pilot scheme aimed at helping smaller businesses comply with health and safety and employment rules.

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